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Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance

NIDA’s Vocational Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance is a year-long intensive program giving you the skills to perform in live and recorded works, and the knowledge to collaborate with others to develop and create original works.

You will explore the multiplicity of roles, technologies and methodologies that exist within the theatre, film, television and digital industries.

Training is practical, with classes in acting techniques for both live and screen work, performance styles and production practices. The course puts you centre stage and in front of the camera, giving you the tools to develop your own stories for stage and screen.

Content is delivered by NIDA staff and guest tutors from the entertainment arts industry. At the end of this course, graduates will have equally developed skills in acting and in creating original works for stage and screen.

The course culminates in a presentation of a live and filmed Showcase of your work in one of the NIDA Theatres attended by entertainment industry practitioners, producers and agents.

Applications for 2019 courses are now closed.

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About the course

Course dates and times 

2019 Course dates

In 2019 the course will be delivered at our Sydney campus. Duration of the course is 4 February 2019 – 27 September 2019, 4 days per week, 9am–5pm.

Term 1

Monday 4 February–Friday 12 April

Term 2

Monday 29 April – Friday 5 July

Term 3

Monday 15 July – Friday 27 September

The scheduling and delivery of this course each year is subject to minimum enrolment numbers.

Course overview


The course 10196NAT Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance comprises the following units of competency:

  • CUAIND402 Provide Freelance Services
  • CUAACT401 Use a Range of Acting Techniques in Performance
  • CUAMPF602 Manage Stagecraft Aspects of Performance
  • CUAPPR502 Develop Own Sustainable Professional Practice
  • CUAPRF503 Prepare for Performances in a Competitive Environment
  • CUAWHS501 Maintain a High Level of Fitness for Performance
  • DSSASC501 Apply Storytelling Conventions
  • DSSUPP502 Use Performance Practices to Develop a Production
  • DSSDWS503 Devise Works for Stage
  • DSSDWS504 Devise Works for Screen
  • DSSDAT505 Develop Acting Techniques for Screen
  • DSSADE506 Apply Design Elements for Stage
  • DSSADE507 Apply Design Elements for Screen
  • DSSUTP508 Use Technology in Performance

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes

This vocational course provides students with knowledge and skills to perform the following functions associated with the entertainment arts:

  • Performer, able to interpret scripts; build, present and sustain characters; and collaborate with others to create live performance, screen and media productions.
  • Deviser, able to originate and develop characters, situations and stories for live performance, screen and media productions.

Admission criteria

Essential requirements for admission

Admission criteria

Applicants seeking admission must:

  • Have reached the age of 18 before the commencement of the course
  • Have completed their Higher School Certificate or equivalent; ATAR is not required
  • Demonstrate a high level of practical ability, potential and motivation at the interview or audition
  • Complete the interview/audition requirements for the course

Essential requirements

We select applicants who:

  • Demonstrate skills in acting
  • Exhibit a capacity to collaborate 
  • Communicate effectively 
  • Respond to direction and feedback


Tuition fees for 2019 for Vocational Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance

Tuition fees for 2019: $16,245.

Schedule of VET tuition fees 2019 for the Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance

The Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance is only open to domestic students. Domestic students are Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens.

Access to VET Student Loans is not available to students in this course. This is a full fee paying course.

How to apply

How to apply

There are six steps to successfully applying for a NIDA course:


Create your application account (link to be provided from 2 July).

You will then be sent an automatic email with your log in details to continue your application.


Log in, select the green ‘New Application’ button and complete the online form.


Upload the following documentation to the online form:

  • A passport style photograph (less than six months old, in colour, well lit, plain background).
  • Proof of identification (e.g. passport, driver’s licence, birth certificate; ID must show your date of birth).
  • Evidence of your most recent qualification (e.g. school report, Higher School Certificate, university transcript or testamur).


Make payment of the AUD$75 administration fee by credit/debit card.


Book your audition date in your nearest capital city.


Attend your audition in person. Auditions will take place in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

Prepare for your audition by reading the information below.

Audition/Interview dates


  • Tuesday, 20 November 2018
  • Wednesday, 21 November 2018
  • Thursday, 22 November 2018


  • Monday, 26 November 2018
  • Tuesday, 27 November 2018
  • Wednesday, 28 November 2018
  • Thursday, 29 November 2018
  • Friday, 30 November 2018


  • Wednesday, 5 December 2018
  • Thursday, 6 December 2018

Callback Dates

  • Melbourne – Friday 23 November
  • Sydney – Monday 10 December
  • Brisbane – Friday 7 December

Audition/Interview requirements

Applicants must attend an audition/interview session.

When you book an interview:

  • Provide us with an outline of your previous experience and training.

You will need to prepare:

  • One short monologue from a contemporary play of approximately two minutes in length. You may choose an Australian or an international play.

NIDA encourages applications from students from diverse backgrounds, with different levels of experience in the entertainment industry.

Due to the volume of auditions carried out, we are unable to provide you with individual feedback. The decision of the audition panel is final.

It is not possible to defer an offer of a place at NIDA.

Audition/Interview process

At the interview, you will:

  • Present your prepared monologue.
  • Participate in collaborative tasks, including group improvisation.

Tips for the day

  • Wear suitable clothing – any casual clothing that does not limit movement is acceptable


As a graduate of the Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance you have the performance skills and theory knowledge to be employed in a range of industries, including television, film, theatre and radio.

Potential careers
  • Performer for stage and screen
  • Writer or creator for stage and screen

See NIDA's list of Alumni.

Further info

If you have any further questions about the application process, please contact:

Email: vocational@nida.edu.au

Phone: +61 (02) 9697 7516


Vocational applications
215 Anzac Parade
Kensington NSW 2033

Further information regarding NIDA's vocational training products can be found at Training.gov.au

Read more about NIDA's Director of Vocational Studies Mark Gaal

NIDA is registered by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to deliver Vocational Education and Training (VET) services. RTO (Registered Training Organisation) code: 90349

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